20 Jun: 5 Treecreepers at Willington GP
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The Birds of Derbyshire
Our widely acclaimed county avifauna was published in 2013 and has 376 pages covering history, species status, breeding bird survey results, charts, line drawings, plenty of colour photos and much more in its 30,5cm x 22cm x 3,5cm (this is a big book!)
We have the last remaining copies and can offer them direct to you at a very reasonable price
We can offer an even lower price if you collect. If you are interested please contact the nearest regional stockist to you:
The latest Derbyshire Bird Report published November 2017. Complete Systematic List for the 227 species seen in Derbyshire in 2016, Pallid Harrier and Dusky Thrush â€“ new species for Derbyshire, Whooper Swan rescue story and more
Click here to order
Catch up on all the Peregrine news at Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project here
For streaming live video and sound click here.
Meetings and Trips page updated 31 May
Please see the latest changes here
DOS Woodcock Survey 2018
Another chance to take part in a survey this summer. This time we are interested in the enigmatic Woodcock see here for details and guidance
THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK
As we are now in the breeding season please be sensible and responsible when using social media to report sightings for sensitve breeding species see here for help and guidance. Remember: the birds must come first.
More specific information for Derbyshires is now avalable here
And if you use Birdtrack here some addional advice is available here
PLEASE REPORT BREEDING RECORDS
Please add breeding information to any bird records that you submit to DOS or via BirdTrack, such as occupied nests or adults carrying food or fledged young, as this makes the record far more valuable for conservation. A list of species in which we are particularly interested can be found here
SWIFT AWARENESS WEEK JUNE 2018
Swift Awareness Week will run from 16 - 23 June. There will be events and publicity all around the country, organised by dozens of local Swift groups. These events aim to raise awareness of Swifts and bring a focus to their plight, and of course provide information about how to help them. The Swift is one of the few endangered species that individuals really can help in their own property and there are many groups across the country working hard to try to halt their dramatic decline of 50% in just 20 years.
For a list of events click here and for more information please contact Nick Brown via
More help with records submission is now available
Following suggestions from users a new spreadsheet is available to help you submit your records click here. The Submit a Record form is intended for a small number of records and this spreadsheet for occasions where you want to submit more than 5-10 records. Instructions are supplied on the spreadsheet
If you witness or suspect wildlife crime then please contact the police (ask for a Wildlife Crime Officer) or RSPB. Your information will be dealt with in confidence but if, for any reason, you are reluctant to take either of those routes then please at least pass the information to Crimestoppers by ringing 0800 555111
Check out the Carsington Bird Club website
You can let us know what you think or make suggestions for improvements using the feedback form. One or two users have reported issues with the contacts details overlaping the bird news. Please let me know if you have seen this problem, preferably with a screen shot, see here if you do not know how to take a screenshot
The next indoor meeting will be in September
The next planned Field Trip is in June
Birdwatchers are are asked to respect the following restrictions:
- Ambaston GP: Please stay on the public footpath
- Aston-on-Trent GP: This is a private working gravel pit with permit only access during working hours. The site cannot be seen from the A50 pull-in because of the height of trees/bushes. No access should be attempted AT ANY TIME, however, occasional visits organised by the DWT and DWT/DOS â€“ places limited, see Meetings and Trips page
- Church Wilne Reservoir: There is currently no access to even permit holders at this site due to Security and Health and Safety at Work Issues
- Drakelow NR: Please do not walk in front of the main hide
- Foremark Reservoir: No access at any time to the area along the dam wall or the the west side of the reservoir
- High Bridge GP: Access from the A38 and take extreme care when crossing the hump-backed bridge. This is a dangerous working gravel pit and heavy lorries use the site during working hours so best visited in the evening or weekend but be aware work can occur at any time and parking is difficult during the working week. There should be no attempt to gain Access At Any Time. The best pit should only be viewed from the lane
- Willington GP: Please stay on the main tracks, do not use the gravel company roads. Currently The Canal Pit is very difficult to view from the Canal Bank or from the Canal Bridge due to tall vegetation. Signs now on this pit which say â€śNo Access to Birdwatchersâ€ť.
Respect landowner's privacy
"The interests of the bird comes first".